12 May 2015

A Few Things...

Just thought I would share a few things with you, so that you know I am still around and very much working in the background.

I took the plunge and bought myself a little Cameo Silhouette Portrait from Scrap-a-Doodles. Their service is outstanding, as usual.  Thanks to Annemarie for all her advice and assistance.


So the machine arrived and I loaded the software onto my PC and got to play a little bit last Saturday. I need to spend a whole day with it, I think.  I managed to change the colours on this sentiment which I got from Silhouette Online.


I promised a craft friend a little gift, which was so long overdue, but with the week on leave I managed to get it done and posted.  It arrived and she is happy with the goodies I sent her.  I made one of my little notepads for her, as well as a pack of little notelets, so that she can use them to send to friends.


I have also been extremely busy catching up with documenting our family photographs, the Project Life way.   When I was on leave, I would start around 7 am and work through until 4 am the next morning.  Obviously taking a break in-between to do the normal household chores.


The photographs below are perfect on my phone, but once I add it to my blog, it goes all blurry, so apologies for that.

I'm a member of one of the Project Life groups on Facebook and the challenge shared was to start documenting our own lives.  It's called #myselfiescrapbook, (read all about it here).  It basically entails you documenting the Everyday things you do in your Life.  A lot of the time we scrap about our Children, Family, etc. but neglect to scrap about Ourselves. 

This has been such a challenge for me, but taking pics of what I do in a normal day and documenting about it, has proved to be very rewarding.  I have such a lot to share, but as I only have weekends to play in my Craft room, it is going a bit slow.   The pic below is about one of our monthly events at the Office (a Friday), where we ordered Pizza for lunch for the entire Office.  We usually braai and then sit and chat, but on this particular day we decided to order Pizza.


And then I then took pics of what I usually have for breakfast, which is either a small bowl of cereal or a slice of toast. I added some pics of the plants in my garden, just to fill up the page. 


I am putting together an Album for my Daughter and as you can imagine there is a lot of documenting that goes with it, so instead of writing it in my own hand, I decided to type them out and just placed them in the lovely plastic pockets.


A HUGE shout out to my lovely, sweet, kind friend in the US for sending me all the craft stash below.  We don't get a lot of these lovely items in SA, so I am very fortunate to have made friends with someone who lives in the US and she does my shopping for me.  Thanks so much honey! :) 


During the week's leave, I was also fortunate to meet my dear blog friend, Carina.  She and her daughter came to Cape Town for a short holiday and she asked if we could meet.  I was naturally delighted to do so and we chatted as if we'd just seen each other yesterday.  There was no awkwardness whatsoever.  Dankie Carina dat jy Kaap toe gekom het sodat ons mekaar kon ontmoet. Die tydie saam met jou was baie spesiaal vir my. xx  


I decided that the Craft Room need a bit of a lift, so I bought new chairs (yes, RED ones, aren't they funky?! haha) and a lovely bookshelf, which is completely open, so that the natural light from the window can still filter through.


And last, but not least, as a lot of you are always asking about Nikita and Achilles, I thought I would post a pic of Miss Nikita in the Silhouette box.  She loves empty boxes and once the Silhouette was out the box, she couldn't wait to climb in.



That's it from me for now.  Thanks in advance to those who stop by.  It would be nice if you could leave a comment, as I so enjoy reading them.  I am slowly but surely popping around to see what you've been up to.

Happy crafting!

hugs

25 April 2015

Questions from my Viewers

This message is for all the lovely people that visit my blog, who have questions concerning products I use, etc.  I cannot respond if your name is not linked to an email address and therefore have no way of reaching you. I do read all my posts and would not like to leave the impression that I have ignored you.

So please email me privately. If you click on the View My Profile line next to my pic it will take you to another screen. Find the Email link and post your question.  Jenny Fincham, I hope you see this message. Please email me.

Thank you so much for your visits. It pleases me that you have found some inspiration here. I am more than happy to share the little knowledge I have with you all.

Happy crafting!

Sharon

11 April 2015

Card in a Box

Well did I have fun this afternoon.  DD asked me to make her a card for a friend who is expecting a Baby Girl.  They are having a baby shower for her at the office one of these days.

I didn't want to make a normal square card again, so I thought I would try out the "Card in a Box" which is so popular.  I haven't had the time to try it out, so thought I'd just do a little "dummy" one this afternoon.  As it turns out, the "dummy" wasn't so bad, so it'll be making it's way to the office...lol

I viewed a tutorial on the internet and started prepping...  Cut my paper to the required measurements that were given, scored and cut as instructed further. Tape on the right will stick to the other side of the cardstock when I close it, to form the box.


Then I looked around for some baby stickers and pasted them onto the black cardstock, 
as I think the black makes them "pop" !

As you can see, the box is closed and now I can start decorating the inside.

And here is the final project.  Pic taken from the front.


Here is a side view so that you can see the different layers.

Another side view.

And one from the Top.

And then finally, this is what it looks like when you lay it flat.
It fits perfectly into an envelope.

The "mother-to-be" loves Owls, hence the owl.


Thanks for popping by to see what I have created today.


As some of my regulars will know, I am a huge OUTLANDER Fan, so it was
just a matter of time before I did a project life layout of Outlander.  I still have much more to do.



I am also busy embellishing my project life cards...  So, as you can see, I am very busy.

Thanks so much for popping by. 
Happy Crafting!

Sharon

29 March 2015

2 New Cards

Hi Everyone

I am back again with 2 new cards to share.  Two very plain birthday cards, which Kendall asked me to make for her.

The paper was so pretty, it didn't need anything else to stand out.
The butterflies are embossed and some are glittered.

I have had this paper for ages, so it was nice being able to use them.

And my little companion this afternoon has been my little toffee apple... Achilles.  Not that he was much help, as you can see he is snoring away.  What a wonderful life he has!


Hope you've managed to find some time to craft this weekend.  I'm off to print a few pics for my project life album.

If you're a Pinterest enthusiast, you can find me there as well.  I have a Beautiful Cards board, which I often refer to for inspiration.

Thanks ever so much to those who left a comment on my previous post. It was so nice of you to pop by.

Warm wishes, Sharon

15 March 2015

At long last, a few new Cards

Hi Everyone

I finally sat down today to make a few cards for an order and thought I would share them with you all.  What a mission it was!!  I was getting so frustrated with myself, as I haven't crafted so long, I forgot which plates to use to emboss using the Cuttlebug.  I eventually had to search Google for an answer,  Eventually things started to come back to me...lol

Well, here they are, nothing too fancy, but they really look so much prettier in real life.  I hope the person who ordered them will like them.







The garden has been keeping me away from my craftdesk and I am really enjoying it, especially as we come closer to the end of our Summer.   After the Easter weekend, we can start getting the warmer clothes ready, as it starts getting more chilly this side of the world.  


And for those who often ask how our little fur babies are doing.  As you can see for yourself, they are very well...lol

Our pretty Nikita

My beautiful boy, Achilles
(he's a Raisin rescue kitty)

Thanks to those who will be popping by to see what I have created.  If you'd like to leave a comment just to say Hi, that would be nice.

Would like to hear how many of you are still blogging regularly, as all the activity is on FB, Twitter and Instagram.  That's where you'll find me, when I have the time.

Happy crafting!

Warm wishes
Sharon 


06 March 2015

Hello

Hi Everyone

I am taking a break from crafting for a while, as I have other interests that are occupying my time. I do however pop around every now and again to check who has been visiting me.

I am thrilled that there are still a lot of viewers that have found something on my blog to inspire them and for this reason I have not deleted it.  Such a lot of work and effort went into setting it up and for this reason I hesitate to do so.

For those still popping by, a HUGE thank you.  I hope to return soon with some new creations.

Wishing you all loads of creativity.

Take care, Sharon

29 December 2014

What have I been up to?

Hello everyone

Before 2014 flies out of our lives for ever, I thought I'd create my last post for this year.  It has been such a long time since I blogged, that I am wondering if I can still remember how to do so...hahaha

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and trust that the New Year will be a worry-free and healthy one for us all.

I note that there are still quite a few people visiting my blog, thank you so much, I am thrilled that you found the time to pop around to read my posts and view my creations.  For now I will not be closing it, as there may come a time when I start crafting more regularly and this is the platform where I will be showcasing what I have made.

I have been incredibly busy documenting our family photographs the Project Life way and my only regret is that it was not around when I was younger, but now that I have started... there is just no other way for me.  I bought a Pixma MG2440 printer and print my photographs at home.  I created a template in PowerPoint and resize them to fit perfectly and then just cut to fit in the plastic pockets.

Here are a few layouts which I would like to share.  Carina, hoe vorder jy met joune my skat?  As ons weer Skype wil ek jou layouts ook sien  ;)


I thought it would be fun to add our 2 fur babies to the page and
using clipart just added a Christmas hat for Achilles and Reindeer ears for Nikita.

My Mom celebrated her 78th birthday on 21 December this year and
had a tea at the Home where she stays for her friends

Kendall made gorgeous Christmas cookies for gifts and they were a huge hit!
Needless to say, my waistline has stretched quite a BIT!

I am still very active on Instagram and Pinterest and occasionally pop around to see what is happening on FB.  I just love browsing and Pinning things that interest me.  I have a Board on Pinterest named Albums.Diary Planners.Journals and have pinned such a lot during the year that I am only finding time now that I am on leave to really visit each site to see what they have to offer.  I am hoping to do a lot of this in the new year.


Thanks for popping by once again.

HAPPY NEW YEAR TO YOU ALL !

02 September 2014

Girly Notepad

Hello again

I haven't made a little Notepad in quite a while.  Thought I would share this little Girly Notepad
which I have made especially for Katherine.

She is an adorable child, just turned 5 on 1 September and is a real girly-girl.
Her mother says she loves glitter and writing, hence me deciding to make her a personalised
Notepad. I've added some glitter pens and a girl definitely needs some glitter nailpolish and lipstick too,
what do you think?

Excuse the photo-overload.

I have used one of the gorgeous Tilda's for the cover and I found a chipboard "K" to personalise it.
Added some pink rhinestones, which I hope will be blingy enough for her.

Here is a view from the side.  You can see she even has her own little pencil on top.


And finally...
A pic with the glitter pens, which I also secured with a pink ribbon.
Everything is going into a pink bag too!!!

Thanks so much for popping by to see what I have created.
I appreciate the visits and comments.

Warm wishes